Contributed by: NAPSA
(NAPSA) - Families across the country will continue to fire up the grill even after summer's close, with many cooking and dining out-of-doors year-round. Luckily, these all-weather cooks can protect their outdoor meals by sticking to a few easy food handling and preparation steps.
"Consider your grill, tailgate party and picnic basket an extension of your kitchen," said Carolyn O'Neil, registered dietitian and national spokesperson for the ADA/ConAgra Foods Home Safety program. "Remember to apply the same home food safety techniques whether eating meals inside or out."
When it comes to safely preparing foods for outdoor dining and/or the grill, a recent survey (Impulse Research, 2003) by the American Dietetic Association (ADA) and ConAgra Foods found that while a few play it safe, most of us are striking out. For example, a majority of respondents (56 percent) don't know what temperature favorites like hamburgers (160 degrees F) and chicken (170 degrees F) should be cooked to for safe eating. And, when it comes to leftovers, one-third (33 percent) report leaving foods out unrefrigerated for more than an hour in hot weather (90 degrees F or above)-an environment that allows harmful bacteria to quickly multiply.
Safe outdoor eats
Fortunately, following these simple home food safety tips from ADA and ConAgra Foods will help guard your grill, protect your picnics and bust any dangerous bacteria:
For more information on dining al fresco
The ADA/ConAgra Foods Home Food Safety... It's in Your Hands program educates consumers that home food safety is a serious issue and provides solutions so Americans can easily and safely handle food in their own kitchens and out-of-doors. This program complements government-sponsored food safety initiatives that speak to the leading critical food-handling violations by emphasizing the following four key messages:
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